Regional : Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific

Sovereign Project | 49456-002

The proposed Improving Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Project will improve quality of basic education in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Marshall Islands. The project will improve student learning outcomes through a set of comprehensive and sustained initiatives over 6 years. The project will focus on developing the following output areas: (i) Better prepared teachers in primary education; (ii) Strengthened capacity to use assessment to improve learning (iii) Expanded access and usage of bilingual teaching and learning resources and materials (TLRM) for literacy and numeracy; and (iv) Strengthened governance and management of schools, including parent/community engagement.

Project Details

Project Name
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific
Project Number
49456-002
Country / Economy
  • Regional
  • Micronesia, Federated States of
  • Marshall Islands
Project Status
Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Grant
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0535-REG: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific
Source Amount
Asian Development Fund US$ 6.50 million
Grant 0536-REG: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific
Source Amount
Asian Development Fund US$ 6.50 million
Grant 0537-REG: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific
Source Amount
Government of Australia US$ 1.80 million
Strategic Agendas
  • Inclusive economic growth
  • Regional integration
Drivers of Change
  • Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
  • Governance and capacity development
  • Knowledge solutions
  • Partnerships
Sector / Subsector
  • Education / Pre-primary and primary

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description
The proposed Improving Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Project will improve quality of basic education in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Marshall Islands. The project will improve student learning outcomes through a set of comprehensive and sustained initiatives over 6 years. The project will focus on developing the following output areas: (i) Better prepared teachers in primary education; (ii) Strengthened capacity to use assessment to improve learning (iii) Expanded access and usage of bilingual teaching and learning resources and materials (TLRM) for literacy and numeracy; and (iv) Strengthened governance and management of schools, including parent/community engagement.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Basic education outcomes are weak in the Pacific. Primary students are averaging only 30% of the benchmark in reading, and 48% in mathematics, as measured by a 2012 regional literacy and numeracy assessment. Results are particularly poor in the North PacificRepublic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), and Palauand directly linked to low teacher quality. In FSM and RMI, 17.5% and 38% of teachers, respectively, are underqualified or without the minimally required 2-year associate degree. The two-year JFPR-funded TA 8066-REG: Quality Primary Education in the North Pacific yielded very encouraging and positive results through an alternative bilingual student assessment tool the EGLA in order to consolidate gains and institutionalize and expand reforms further.
Impact

Quality of basic education improved in the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

Primary education learning outcomes in literacy and numeracy improved

Progress Toward Outcome

Needs completion of project to assess outcome.

Project implementation units were established and operational in both FSM and RMI.

FSM: Development of frameworks and policies are ongoing despite several activities being halted due to the pandemic. Project Director recruited.

RMI PIU continues to monitor progress in each of the four project outputs constantly. Coordination with all the institutions actively involved in the project is well managed by the Project Director to ensure quality work for each of the project's outputs.

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Teachers in primary education are better prepared

Capacity to use student assessment to improve learning strengthened

Access to and usage of teaching and learning resources and materials for literacy and numeracy expanded

Educational leadership and management of schools, including parent and community engagement strengthened

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

FSM: National Teacher Quality Standards developed and adopted; Yap and Chuuk developed and adopted for their respective states; Yap and Chuuk have drafted Professional Learning Frameworks; Pohnpei has a PLF draft that can be revisited; Kosrae has a PLF in use.

"NWG for TD reengaged on National Professional

Learning Framework Development, as of May 2022

"NPLF consultations with the NWG underway

"NPLF Outline drafted June 22

"NPLF 1st full draft underway

RMI: A draft NPLF is being finalized. The 'Kanne Lobal' concept, which was developed by the school principals from Cohort 1 of the Graduate Certificate in School Leadership at USP will be included in the final version of the NPLF.

Number of trainings conducted:

PDOE-20

CDOE-4

KDOE-9

YDOE-8

COM-FSM-9

Total: 50

Number of teachers trained on QPF: 996 (648 female)

As of March 2021, a total of 421 PSS teachers and staff (208 male, 213 female) have been trained or exposed to QPF lesson planning and delivery. the IQBE specialists visited schools on Ebeye and Jaluit to conduct more training. The specialists have also delivered assessments in literacy and numeracy fluency on the neighboring islands to better comprehend the areas of intervention for each atoll.

100% of the target achieved.

A total of 112 teachers (26 male/86 female) have participated.

FSM: Draft NSAF being revised.

The following teachers produced evidence of using assessment data to tailor teaching practices:

2019: 11/162 teachers = 68.5%

2020: 49/68 teachers = 72%

2021: 44/66 teachers = 66.2%

2022: 45/68 teachers = 66.2%

RMI: NSAF is being developed. Workshops are being conducted regularly for both IQBE and PSS specialists on formative assessment practices, prior work and ways forward. The certificate in educational assessment is being delivered at the RMI USP campus. The teachers enrolled in the program have to complete all 7 courses.

FSM: A total of 381 teachers (212-55.6% female) have participated in learning on resource use to improve student learning.

RMI: A total of 225 teachers (105 male, 120 female) have participated.

FSM: Singapore Math books received and distributed to the SDOEs. Materials developed under TA-1 are et to be distributed to teachers.

RMI: A total of 25 teachers (10 male/15 female) have access resources via flash drive, online catalogue, or resource center using newly established process. Resource Centre being renovated.

FSM: PDOE Leadership Retreat shared QPF

Total- 59

YDOE- QPF Awareness

Total- 9

CDOE- QPF & Numeracy

Total- 9

KDOE- QPF & Literacy

Total- 15

Comprehensive Total: 118

Number of women principals participating in professional learning (i.e., Principal competency support and to participate in ongoing Principal Leadership activities and community engagement activities)

Comprehensive Total: 31; Female (34%)

RMI: A total of 28 principals (20 male, 8 female) participated in professional learning activities.

RMI: A week-long lesson plan on Marshallese canoes has been developed and will be delivered on Enewetak in September 2022. The QPF integrated lesson plan is being developed in conjunction with local NGO WAM and representatives from the German Organization for International Cooperation.

Geographical Location
Marshall Islands - Nation-wide; Micronesia, Federated States of - Nation-wide

Safeguard Categories

Environment
C
Involuntary Resettlement
C
Indigenous Peoples
C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
The project is mainly a capacity development project and features no infrastructure components. Therefore, there will be no environmental impacts.
Involuntary Resettlement
The project is mainly a capacity development project and features no infrastructure components. Therefore, there will be no involuntary resettlement impacts.
Indigenous Peoples
The project is mainly a capacity development project and features no infrastructure components. Therefore, there will be minimal impacts on indigenous peoples. The project promotes vernacular language which positively impacts beneficiaries and learning outcomes.

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
Wide stakeholder communication, participation and consultation is taking place amongst government, universities, parents, community, and civil society in planning and preparing the project.
During Project Implementation
Wide stakeholder communication, participation and consultation will continue to take place amongst government, universities, parents, community, and civil society in planning and preparing the project. Full achievement of the objectives and output of the project necessitate close collaboration with all stakeholders.

Business Opportunities

Consulting Services
Refer to the project administration manual (PAM) for the project's consulting services requirement.
Procurement
Refer to the project administration manual (PAM) for details of the project's procurement plan.

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Borjegren, Per A.S.
Responsible ADB Department
Sectors Group
Responsible ADB Division
Human and Social Development Sector Office (SG-HSD)
Executing Agencies
Department of Finance and Administration
Ministry of Finance, Banking and Postal Services

Timetable

Concept Clearance
18 Apr 2016
Fact Finding
31 Jan 2017 to 09 Feb 2017
MRM
24 Mar 2017
Approval
03 Jul 2017
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
29 Aug 2022

Funding

Grant 0535-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Jul 2017 07 Jul 2017 05 Oct 2017 31 Jan 2024 31 Jan 2026 -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 7.50
ADB 6.50
Counterpart 1.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Grant Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 23 Apr 2024 4.44 0.00 68%
Cumulative Disbursements 23 Apr 2024 3.40 0.00 52%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Partly satisfactory Partly satisfactory Partly satisfactory - Partly satisfactory

Grant 0536-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Jul 2017 07 Jul 2017 10 Jul 2017 31 Jan 2024 31 Jan 2026 -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 7.50
ADB 6.50
Counterpart 1.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Grant Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 23 Apr 2024 5.59 0.00 86%
Cumulative Disbursements 23 Apr 2024 3.90 0.00 60%

Grant 0537-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
03 Jul 2017 07 Jul 2017 05 Oct 2017 31 Jan 2024 31 Jan 2026 -
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 1.80
ADB 0.00
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 1.80
Grant Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 23 Apr 2024 0.00 1.40 78%
Cumulative Disbursements 23 Apr 2024 0.00 0.87 48%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Marshall Islands Audited Project Financial Statements (October 2021-September 2022) Audited Project Financial Statements Feb 2024
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Jan 2024
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia Audited Project Financial Statements (October 2021-September 2022) Audited Project Financial Statements May 2023
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia Audited Project Financial Statements (October 2020-September 2021) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2022
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Marshall Islands Audited Project Financial Statements (October 2020-September 2021) Audited Project Financial Statements Mar 2022
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia Audited Project Financial Statements (October 2019-September 2020) Audited Project Financial Statements Feb 2022
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia Audited Project Financial Statements (7 July 2017-30 September 2018) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2021
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Federated States of Micronesia Audited Project Financial Statements (October 2018-September 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2021
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Marshall Islands Audited Project Financial Statements (October 2019-September 2020) Audited Project Financial Statements Apr 2021
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Marshall Islands Procurement Plan Procurement Plans Jan 2021
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Marshall Islands Audited Project Financial Statements (October 2018-September 2019) Audited Project Financial Statements Jun 2020
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Marshall Islands Audited Project Financial Statements (7 July 2017-30 September 2018) Audited Project Financial Statements Dec 2019
Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0535-FSM: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Project Grant Agreement Jul 2017
Grant Agreement (Externally Financed) for Grant 0537-FSM: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Project Grant Agreement Jul 2017
Grant Agreement (Special Operations) for Grant 0536-RMI: Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Project Grant Agreement Jul 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Project Administration Manual (as of Board Approval) Project/Program Administration Manual Jun 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Gender Action Plan Gender Action Plans Jun 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Report and Recommendation of the President Reports and Recommendations of the President Jun 2017
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Initial Poverty and Social Analysis Apr 2016
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific: Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Report Project Preparatory Technical Assistance Reports Apr 2016

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  • 07 Jul 2017 | News Release

    ADB, FSM, RMI Sign Grant Agreements to Improve Education Quality

    ADB and the Governments of the Republic of Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia have signed 3 grant agreements worth $16.8 million to improve the quality of basic education in the two Pacific island countries.

Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Yap Technical Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed
Yap Technical Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed
Technical Coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed
Administrative Assistant Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Director Individual - Consulting Closed
Teacher Development Policy and Development of Teaching and Learning Materials (Numeracy Specialist) Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
Student Assessment and Development of Teaching and Learning Materials (Literacy Specialist) Individual - Consulting Closed
Strengthening and Development of Multi-grade and Multi-level Teaching and Learning in FSM Schools Firm - Consulting Closed
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Director Individual - Consulting Closed
Improving Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific- RMI IQBE Project Director (National) Individual - Consulting Closed
Enhancing Leadership and Community Development Project Firm - Consulting Closed
Pre-Service Teacher Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Strengthening Teacher Development and ICT-based Teaching and Learning Firm - Consulting Closed
Improving Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific- RMI IQBE Moodle & Resource Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Financial Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
RMI PSS IQBE Literacy Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
RMI PSS IQBE Numeracy Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
RMI IQBE Project Manager (International) Individual - Consulting Closed
National Project Director Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Management Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Technical Coordinator - Chuuk Individual - Consulting Closed
Development of Teaching and Learning Materials Including Student Assessment Team Firm - Consulting Closed
RMI IQBE Consulting Team Firm - Consulting Closed
Teacher Policy Development Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Technical Coordinators (Kosrae, Pohnpei & Yap) Individual - Consulting Closed
Procurement Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed
Project Manager Individual - Consulting Closed
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed
Improving the Quality of Basic Education in the North Pacific Individual - Consulting Closed

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor | Address Executing Agency Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
International Project Director (Contract renewal - 27 June 2023 to 26 June 2024) Grant 0535 23 Jun 2023 Kenneth Hagberg | 23715 Joy St., St. Clair Shores, MI 48082 Department of Finance and Administration 272,591.00
Project Director (29 June 2022 to 26 June 2023) Grant 0535 29 Jun 2022 Kenneth Hagberg | 23715 Joy St., St Clair Shores, MI Department of Finance and Administration 166,280.51
Project Director (29 June 2022 to 26 June 2023) Grant 0537 29 Jun 2022 Kenneth Hagberg | 23715 Joy St., St Clair Shores, MI Department of Finance and Administration 106,310.49
PROJECT DIRECTOR Grant 0535 21 Jun 2021 VISHNU KARKI | 399/15 SACHETAN MARGA BANESHWOR KATHMANDU NEPAL Department of Finance and Administration 124,604.70
FSM IQBE CONSULTING TEAM TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO FSM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Grant 0535 09 Apr 2019 DEVELOPMENT STRATEGISTS INTL CONSULTING INC | 230 GRAND EMERALD TOWER F ORTIGAS COR. GARNET ROAD ORTIGAS CTRE PHILIPPINES Department of Finance and Administration 456,150.68
FSM IQBE CONSULTING TEAM TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO FSM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Grant 0537 09 Apr 2019 DEVELOPMENT STRATEGISTS INTL CONSULTING INC. | 230 GRAND EMERALD TOWER F ORTIGAS COR. GARNET ROAD PHILIPPINES Department of Finance and Administration 291,637.32